Touring Version of Benelli 302R (BJ300GS) Launched in China; Gets 17.5 Liter Tank

Benelli BJ300GS Launch

No word on Benelli BJ300GS launch in India yet!

After spawning out two variants – streetfighter TNT 300 and sports 302R, on its 300 platform, Benelli has created a third variant, probably the most interesting one so far – the sports tourer. Called weirdly as BJ300GS-A (how many of you will remember the name till the end of the article?), it shares a lot of design inspiration with the 302R and the elder sibling TNT GT600.

BJ300GS Features & Changes

To lend the motorcycle touring credentials, Benelli has given it the following changes/features…

  • redesigned fairing
  • Two hardcase panniers
  • Top box
  • rod-type crash guard
  • The older-gen Karizma ZMR-like headlamp design houses a projector headlamp.

The bigger changes are

  • raised handlebar and slightly front-set footpegs – to give it a relaxed seating posture.
  • Bigger visor for better wind protection
  • At 17.5 liters the fuel tank is 3.5 liter larger in capacity – this is to provide it a better riding range in a tankful of petrol.

Power comes in through the same 300 cc liquid cooled vertical twin DOHC engine with 4-valves. At 35.3 PS (at 12000 rpm), Benelli has sacrificed a wee bit of power to increase its torque marginally – which now stands at 27 Nm at 9000 rpm. In comparison, Indian-spec 302R churns out 38.79 PS of peak power at 11,500 rpm and 26.5 Nm of maximum torque at 10,000 rpm. And as you can notice, peak torque also comes in earlier, suggesting that more torque could be available down the revs.

The upside-down front forks and twin petal disc at the front and single petal rotor at the rear braking setup have been carried forward. Also on offer is dual-channel ABS. However, all these changes have made the already heavy 198 kg motorcycle (302R) heavier by 18 kg (it weighs 216 kg)!

Benelli BJ300GS Launch & Price

BJ300GS-A 35,800 Yuan

This translates to roughly 3.68 Lakhs in INR whereas the 302R has been priced at 3.48 Lakh INR.

Also Read: Single Cylinder Benelli TRK 251 Adventure Tourer Unveiled: We Want!

Will DSK launch the 302R Tourer in India is not known at this point of time but it does look a tempting offering and would become the most affordable tourer in their range.

Also Read: DSK-Benelli Working on India-Specific ‘Duke 390 Rival’

Among the confirmed-for-India motorcycles – Leoncino scrambler is coming very soon, followed by the very interesting TRK502.

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